My Perfect Avatar is on the Back of a Book I Can’t Give Away
BioObservations From the Swamp
Many folks think we live in the nether regions of the earth here in Toledo, Ohio. However, Toledo is the birthplace of jazz great, Art Tatum, not to mention many other distinguished and accomplished AfrAms (African Americans) who often remain unheralded and unrecognized in their home town. This swamp is a petrie dish swarming with undiscovered talent that the world may never know because there are too many slimey creatures down here in the swamp pulling down anyone who tries to climb out and come out into the warmth of the sun. This diva climbed into the swamp with one purpose to rid the wor Ray Ban Sunglasses ld of slime!
My perfect profile photo is on the back cover of my novel, They Just Be Killing Whites (A Vampire Tale of Bloodlust, Terror, and Horror). But no one has ever seen it because not one single person has bought it!
Of course it’s because of the title, which I think is provocative, but which obviously makes everyone else uncomfortable. And I do mean EVERYONE.
I spent a lot of money on convention bags promoting the novel that were distributed at The National Black Theatre Festival last summer and although my bright red bags could been seen everywhere, not one of the one thousand black folks that used those bags to put their playbills, info about various drama groups across the country, and merchandise purchased from the hundreds of vendors there, bought MY merchandise.
Since I’m committed to the title, I guess I have some ‘splaining’ to do. While the title is a quote from one of the characters in the book, a black farmer in Central Texas who uses the phrase to calm his small son who’s frightened at the prospect of seeing a silent vampire movie in 1930.
However, that’s not the reason I chose the title. When I grew up in Central Texas, white people got the best of everything and were the privileged class. I tried to imagine a situation where being white might be a liability and drawing on my love of vampire lore, I created just such a situation.
Granted, the whites in my novel with one exception are as monstrous as any vampire, just the ones that lived in Central Texas in 1930, treating lynching parties like sporting events and making them family affairs. Yet, even in the liberal environment of Open Salon, excerpts I’ve posted have not generated much interest.
Maybe I should change the title to Racist Shitkickers Get the Blood Sucked Out of Them. Catchy, but not very creative.
How absolutely fasc Ray Ban Sunglasses inating! My main character Silas in one of my novels is a post life character who was lynched in the 1930’s in Texas.
I think your premise is intriguing. I haven’t any idea why your book Ray Ban Sunglasses is not generating the kind of response you hope for yet. My only observation is that, if you insert “African American,” “Hispanic,” “Asian” (etc) in place of “white,” in your post here I believe you might see what I am talking about.
The fact that you are literally demonizing nearly all members of one race, casting all whites in your novel except for one as being “as monstrous as any vampire,” seems to be significant.
I absolutely respect your right to write your novel however you like. However, I did realize reading about lynchings and seeing photos of entire communities attending them as if they were going to a county fair, there was a monstrous mentality at work Ray Ban Sunglasses that allowed this to happen.
I don’t villify ALL white people in my novel, just the ones who participated in the barbarism of lynching, not only blacks, but Jews and Italians in some states like Minnesota and Hidpanics in California where 300 lynching trees have been identified. These people don’t represent the entire white race any more than black rapists, gang members, murderers, and other black criminals seen every night on the evening news represent all black people.
That said, I would love to read YOUR novel. What’s the title and where can I get it.
Hey no, I realized you weren’t talking about ALL white people, I was only referencing the ones in your book. Perhaps I misunderstood.
I had the same impression about the lynchings in Central TX and elsewhere that you do and it sickened me looking at those photos of people attending them with the same fan fair one might have for a community picnic. I cannot imagine!!
It was this image that was seared in me as I wrote Dandelions in Paradise (there’s a link on my profile page, I think it’s called “Books by Kit Duncan”).
What I did was to describe him and his wife Sally VERY clearly as being African American, except I never said right out that they were African American. I did this as a sort of exercise in defiance against all the many, many novels who assume the main characters to be WHITE while specifying the races of NONwhites.
I actually get more blunt, more bold in a way, in my novel Dear Aunt Myrna, which is set in the South in the early 1960’s. I hope I succeeded in that novel to also say that character, “good” or “bad” comes in all races.